20 Million Under Heat Advisories as Thunderstorms Crank Up the Humidity


Hot and humid is the keyword of the day as nearly 20 million Americans will be under heat advisories on Thursday, as the heat index will make temperatures feel 10-12 degrees hotter. Here’s a look at today’s weather.

20 million under heat advisory

Nearly 20 million Americans will be under heat advisories today. It will be hot in the Southwest with potential thunderstorms in some areas, while hot and humid in the South.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for southeastern Kansas, southwestern Missouri, central and eastern Oklahoma, eastern Texas and areas surrounding Dallas and Fort Worth, all of Arkansas, and northern Louisiana.

Heat index values in the South will feel greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit in many locations, as the heat index could range between 10-12 degrees higher than the actual temperatures in portions of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

Hotspots – afternoon heat index: Shreveport 108, Dallas 107, Oklahoma City 104, Wichita 104, Houston 104, Little Rock 102, New Orleans 101, San Antonio 101.

Hot conditions are also forecast for the Ohio Valley with temps in the high 90s, the upper Midwest will see temperatures in the 90s, while the desert Southwest will have triple digit heat. Temperatures will be in the 90s in parts of the Southeast and Northeast.

Thunderstorm forecast

According to the National Weather Service, there are no severe thunderstorms for Thursday across the US. However, there is a flash flood watch for southern Arizona.

Thunderstorms will span over the nation’s midsection affecting some parts of the Southwest, into portions of Colorado, and from Texas stretching northward into the Dakotas.

In the South, thunderstorms will span from the central Plains spanning the entirety of the South all the way to the Atlantic.

Thunderstorms will stretch over the Carolinas and the Virginia coast, northward along the mid-Atlantic coast, then spanning over the entirety of the Northeast.

Areas with spotty, scattered thunderstorms today will be portions of Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, as well as, southeastern Minnesota, central Wisconsin and northern Michigan.

Today’s US forecast: July 2, 2020

West: San Francisco 66, mostly sunny; Los Angeles 79, partly cloudy; Reno 84, sunny; Las Vegas 102, sunny; Salt Lake City 90, sunny; Denver 94, mostly sunny.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 66, cloudy; Medford 86, sunny; Boise 80, sunny; Cut Bank 67, windy; Billings 82, sunny; Minot 89, mostly sunny; Rapid City 91, thunderstorms.

Southwest: Phoenix 103, mostly sunny; Albuquerque 93, mostly sunny; El Paso 98, mostly sunny; San Antonio 98, mostly sunny; Brownsville 94, partly cloudy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 96, thunderstorms; Dallas 96, partly cloudy; Oklahoma City 98, mostly sunny; Kansas City 90, partly cloudy; Minneapolis 92, mostly sunny.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 88, partly cloudy; St. Louis 90, thunderstorms; Detroit 93, sunny; Cincinnati 91, sunny.

South: Houston 96, mostly sunny; New Orleans 94, partly cloudy; Memphis 90, thunderstorms; Atlanta 89, thunderstorms; Charlotte 90, thunderstorms; Jacksonville 91, thunderstorms; Tampa 93, thunderstorms; Miami 91, partly cloudy.

East: Norfolk 87, partly cloudy; Washington, D.C. 91, sunny; Buffalo 83, sunny; New York City 91, mostly sunny; Boston 85, windy; Caribou 82, thunderstorms.